Amanda Parsons serves as Managing Director of Grants and Federal Affairs at McAllister & Quinn and has an impressive background of having worked across government, academic, and private sectors. She has provided strategic congressional and government relations, consulting, federal grant, coalition, policy, appropriations, and advocacy services to colleges and universities, NGOs, trade associations, nonprofits, and corporations.
Amanda spent time in Congress and has provided a diverse array of government relations and federal grants services both in-house and as a member of the McAllister & Quinn team for nearly 15 years. Amanda currently serves higher education, nonprofit, and corporate clients at McAllister & Quinn, where she successfully formulates and executes comprehensive government relations and grant strategies.
She re-joined McAllister & Quinn after spending almost two years on the Global Development Policy and Advocacy team at Save the Children International. At Save the Children, Amanda led and supported the organization’s efforts and strategy to strengthen and intensify its policy and advocacy related to global health policy and government investment and appropriations toward foreign aid and international development programs. She served as the agency’s lobbyist to Congress and as its primary liaison across multiple external coalitions comprised of partner NGOs, associations, government stakeholders, and funders. She was Co-Chair of the agency’s largest annual advocacy event and fly-in, coordinating issue and advocacy education and training for hundreds of participants, and securing congressional meetings and high-level speakers. Amanda’s efforts contributed to increased support for higher funding levels for global health accounts at USAID, and the introduction of legislation in the Senate for accelerated policy and funding commitments to improve the health of mothers and infants in the developing world.
Previously, during Amanda’s tenure on Capitol Hill, she served as a staffer for the House Science Committee and spent over three years with Congressman John McHugh (R-NY). Congressman McHugh was a senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee, which has oversight of the Pentagon and defense policies, and he later served as Secretary of the Army in the Obama Administration. Legislative areas that Amanda handled for the congressman included higher education, science research, energy, environment, health care, and immigration. Prior to her work for Congressman McHugh, Amanda worked for nearly two years providing staff and member support for the House Science Committee. The House Science Committee has jurisdiction over all non-defense federal scientific research and development programs, many of which are critically important to the science programs and research being pursued at universities nationwide. In this position, she worked closely with agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Amanda earned a master’s in public policy at Georgetown University focused on international development and received her bachelor’s in politics from Ithaca College. Amanda teaches as an adjunct professor at a local community college and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.